Random Writing Quote:

“Normally, in anything I do, I'm fairly miserable. I do it, and I get grumpy because there is a huge, vast gulf, this aching disparity, between the platonic ideal of the project that was living in my head, and the small, sad, wizened, shaking, squeaking thing that I actually produce.”

--Neil Gaiman

Jeff Lyons

Speaker: Jeff Lyons

Date: November 15, 2014

"Rapid Story Development"

Jeff Lyons has more than 25 years' experience as a freelance script doctor, story development consultant and screenwriter in the entertainment and publishing industries. Along with his past film and TV consulting for major production companies and independent producers, he has also worked as a developmental editor and story consultant for key print-on-demand publishers, including: Amazon’s Createspace, Author Solutions, iUniverse, Balboa Press and other major subsidy imprints. 

Jeff is currently a freelance story editor and screenwriter for Kensington Entertainment, where he directs slate development for indie feature films and scripted and reality TV projects. He is also an instructor through Stanford University's Online Writer’s Studio and guest lectures through UCLA Extension’s Writers Program, where he teaches story structure and story development to novelists and screenwriters. He is also a regular contributor to Writer’s Digest Magazine and Script Magazine, where he writes his popular column “Story Talk.” Jeff is also a contributor to one of the oldest writing trade magazines in the U.S., The Writer Magazine. In addition, he teaches craft-of-writing workshops through several well-known literary venues in the US, including: Book Passage (Corte Madera, CA), The Writers Junction (Santa Monica, CA), and The Writers Store (Burbank, CA), and conducts regular webinars through Writers Digest University. He has also participated as an instructor in the annual Producers Guild of America’s Diversity Workshop. Along with his lecturing and teaching, Jeff is a regular presenter at leading industry conferences, including: the Screenwriters World Conference West , the Great American Pitchfest, the London Screenwriters’ Festival, the International Enneagram Association World Conference, among others. Jeff's original screenplay, Billy Miske, was optioned to a UK production company (M4West Productions) in 2013, and he was hired as a story consultant on the US-produced, horror, sci-fi feature film Flytrap, from My Man Productions, which will be released in 2014. 

Jeff has more than 20 years' experience teaching and consulting with the Enneagram system, both training writers and teaching the Enneagram in business settings to management and executive teams. Tapping his extensive experience in both fields (the Enneagram and story development), he has created an innovative and powerful methodology for supercharging the story development process; a process that can help novelists, nonfiction writers, and screenwriters speedup their development process without sacrificing quality and creative vision. The Rapid Story Development™ Methodology is a groundbreaking system that guides writers from the premise level all the way through the full structuring of their stories. Jeff established Enneagram–4–Writers™ to facilitate the development of Enneagram-related tools for writers and as a resource for others to learn about how the Enneagram can be used not simply for the typing and character development, but also to facilitate storytelling on every level and the entire story development process.

Upcoming speaker for December 20, 2014:

Sharon Goldinger, Darlene Quinn, Don Westenhaver

Speaker: Sharon Goldinger, Darlene Quinn, Don Westenhaver

"The Complete Writer: Advice on Craft, Publishing, and Marketing"

Sharon Goldinger, PeopleSpeak, is a publishing consultant, book shepherd, and editor specializing in the nonfiction book industry. 


Darlene Quinn is an award-winning author and journalist from Long Beach, California. Her series of novels, Webs of Power, Webs of Fate and Twisted Webs and Unpredictable Webs have garnered International critical acclaim and have given her an avid fan base around the world. 


Don Westenhaver served with the Marines in Vietnam as a radioman and interpreter. His fascination with different cultures grew with many visits to Asia, Europe, Latin America, and Africa as a finance executive. These experiences inspired his first two novels. His third and fourth novels, Nero’s Concert and Alexander’s Lighthouse, spring from Don’s life-long interest in ancient Rome, backed up by intense research and many travels.


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